Title: Converging Applications for Active Ageing Policy
Citation: Foresight Journal vol. 8 no. 2 p. 30-42
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC36086
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36086
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: It is widely accepted that, by 2007, the demographic pyramid will be turned upside down in the European Union. Furthermore, people aged 65+ will make up around 28% of the population in the EU in 2050. These developments raise a number of very serious questions for Europeans: - How do we reduce health care costs while maintaining a high quality of life? - How do we keep older Europeans socially networked and integrated? - How do we avoid losing the hidden investment of economic and human capital when active Europeans retire? Two relatively new concepts - Converging Applications; and Active Ageing - could help in finding answers to the above mentioned questions. These two important concepts are seldom examined together. While the policy relevance and challenges of Active Ageing are widely discussed, there appears to be little literature on how technology can contribute to this field, and even less on the contribution of emerging technologies. This apparent information gap motivated the authors to investigate how converging applications, in particular ICT and cognitive sciences, could help ageing Europeans to remain active.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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